Sunday, 14 May 2017

# Saints

Saint Matthias

The 14th of May is the feast day of Saint Matthias. He is the patron saint of alcoholics; carpenters; Gary, Indiana; Great Falls-Billings, Montana; smallpox; tailors; hope; perseverance.

Saint Matthias was one of Jesus 72 disciples during His earthly ministry. He was then chosen by the 11 Apostles to replace Judas Iscariot after he had betrayed Jesus and committed suicide. After Jesus' Ascension into Heaven, he preached Christianity to the pagans in Judea, Cappadocia and Ethiopia for over 30 years. Among the many miracles attributed to him were: that he was unharmed after being forced to drink poison; that he became invisible as he hid from those who wanted to kill him and his attackers were swallowed up by the earth when it opened up. Saint Matthias preached the need for mortification of the flesh in order to become more holy, as Clement of Alexandria records a sentence that the Nicolaitans ascribe to Matthias "we must combat our flesh, set no value upon it, and concede to it nothing that can flatter it, but rather increase the growth of our soul by faith and knowledge". He was eventually martyred.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

February 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, you whom my Son loves, you whom I love with an immeasurable motherly love, do not permit for selfishness, for self love, to rule the world. Do not permit for love and goodness to be hidden. You who are loved, who have come to know the love of my Son, remember that to be loved means to love. My children, have faith. When you have faith you are happy and are spreading peace; your soul trembles with joy. My Son is in such a soul. When you are giving yourself for the faith, when you are giving yourself for love, when you are doing good to your neighbor, my Son smiles in your soul. Apostles of my love, I am turning to you as a mother. I am gathering you around myself and I desire to lead you on the way of love and faith, on the way which leads to the light of the world. I am here for the sake of love, for the sake of faith, because with my motherly blessing I desire to give you hope and strength on your way - because the way which leads to my Son is not easy. It is full of renunciation, giving, sacrifice, forgiveness and much, much love. But this way leads to peace and happiness. My children, do not believe lying voices which speak to you about false things, false glitter. You, my children, return to the Scripture. I am looking at you with immeasurable love, and through God's grace am making myself evident to you. My children, set out with me. May your soul tremble with joy. Thank you.